While many corporate office workers come together occasionally to celebrate a birthday or enjoy morning bagels, adding a bit of adventure and socialization to your workday can rejuvenate and energize your employees. Scavenger hunts, which send out teams to gather items and perform small tasks, are a simple way to get your employees working together toward a common goal.
It’s All in a Name
Whether your corporation produces and sells items or markets a service, you can put your line of business front and center with a scavenger hunt. Use your product or service line as inspiration for the scavenger list. Employees who make vacuum cleaners or work at a cleaning company, for example, can hunt for items such as kid-sized vacuum cleaners, a variety of vacuum bags (such as Type A and C), lint rollers and stuffed bunnies (for “dust bunnies”). You can also hunt for items related to your product or company name. Participants who work for Jones Software can search grocery stores for Jones Soda or visit the mall for a flyer from Jones New York.
Organizational Chart Organization
When planning a corporate scavenger hunt, it may seem like less work to let employees choose their own teams or to arrange teams by department or division. If you do this, however, you'll miss out on a valuable way to introduce staff members to each other and bond as a full group. Consider using your organizational charts to arrange teams. Draw lines on a diagonal or straight up and down, forming teams comprised of employees from all levels of the company. Combining lower level staffers with the decision makers give each group “face time” with the other in a relaxed setting. Teams can bond over their scavenger hunt tasks, forming links that may last long after the last item has been found.
Logo a Go Go
For a modern, electronic take on scavenger hunts, arm each of your teams with a digital camera, list of hot spots around town and a small, printed copy of your corporate logo. Groups will be tasked with photographing the company logo propped up in various locations, such as favorite company bars, town monuments, public parks and shopping malls. The idea is to make to logo look like a natural fit. Print your logo on paper instead of stickers to ensure no one gets in trouble for posting where it's not allowed. Options include sending teams out with a list of target places or letting them compile their own, awarding a prize to the team that captures the most places, gets the most original or interesting picture or the group that makes the logo blend in the best with its surroundings.